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What is a research contract?

Research contracts are legally binding agreements that govern collaborative research between the University and external organisations, whether those organisations are funding the research or are participating in the conduct of the research itself. Research contracts contain the terms and conditions under which specific research is to be conducted by the University and the external organisation(s).

The University sets up all types of research contracts with a wide range of external organizations including

  • European Commission
  • universities
  • industry
  • charities
  • government departments


What kind of research outcomes are covered by research contracts?

The expectation of such research is that scientific understanding will be furthered, or that new conceptual ideas and inventions will be created. Although the actual outcomes of the work will not be known in advance, the results should always be published.

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